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Benefits of Resistance/Strength Training For Women

By Darren Connaughton | In Uncategorized | on December 21, 2017

Ok so before I get into how lifting weights gives you killer curves and a banging hot body I firstly want to tell you about some of the health benefits of strength training that some of you might not be aware of.

Lose Body Fat
– So you’re probably aware that lifting weights builds lean muscle mass, but did you know that the more lean muscle mass you have on your body the more calories your body burns even in periods of rest. It also helps to raise your metabolism and can keep it elevated for up to 24 hours after a workout but this can vary depending on the person and the intensity of the workout. This then means that your body will still be burning more calories long after you’ve finished your workout, even while you’re chilling on the sofa watching your soaps!

Decreased Risk Of Osteoporosis
– Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones and causes them to fracture and break easily and it is a disease that affects more women than men especially later in life (menopausal age). However, the risk of developing this disease can be greatly reduced with strength training because lifting weights increases bone density which means stronger bones, and stronger bones means they are able to withstand bumps and falls much better.
Reduce the Risk of Injury- Strength training strengthens connective tissue and joints which helps to prevent injuries but can also ease pain from osteoarthritis.

Stress Relief and Improved Mood
– You may have heard the saying “exercise is the most underutilized anti-depressant”, well the reasoning behind this is because exercise like weight training releases endorphins which are neurotransmitters that help to improve mood (feel good factor) and combat depression and anxiety. It can also boost energy levels especially in times of stress or periods of feeling low. It can help clear your head and can brighten up a pretty shitty day.
Improved Posture- It can greatly improve posture and help you stand taller by strengthening your back, shoulders and core.

Help to Create a Toned Body with Killer Feminine Curves
(Weight lifting has been shown to increase hotness and confidence levels by 110%, true story)
– Ok so firstly I’m going to address the myth that lifting weights will make women huge, bulky and manly. This is all lies!!! While the number of women that take part in strength is increasing there is still a misconception by some that they will turn into some big hulk beast if they even look at a barbell, this isn’t the case at all. Firstly we as women do simply not have enough testosterone (male hormone) to build muscle the way men do. We have 10 to 30 times less testosterone than men making it far harder for us women to gain size than men and let’s be honest here the only way a woman will actually start to resemble a dude is if she is taking some form of synthetic male hormone. Therefore instead of gaining massive size women develop muscle definition which gives that lean toned look. For example, if you look on social media I’m sure you’ve come across these girls with super hot toned bodies right? You know the ones with the nice toned arms, the tiny waist and that perfectly rounded, peachy bum? Well I can tell you here and now those girls did not get those bodies from doing just cardio i.e. running or walking for hours, nope, I can guarantee you those girls are squatting, deadlifting, thrusting and pressing and that’s how they’ve gotten those curves. Lifting also makes you feel pretty badass and improves confidence levels, ok so at first it can be quite intimidating taking the plunge and stepping foot into the weights area but once you get passed the initial “oh scarletttt” you’ll be flying and the stronger you get the more confident you get and as you see the weight go up you start to feel a bit “badassy”. So don’t be put off by what society has told us for decades about women and strength training because it was all lies, instead change your way of thinking, brave the weight section and grow yourself some super hot curves and a peachy bum that will rival JLO!!

Speaking from my own personal experience I can honestly say that lifting weights has most definitely impacted my life in a positive way. As you can see from my photos I wasn’t always in shape, I was once the girl who partied, didn’t believe in exercise and lived on fast-food (I once got my 50th order free from Dominos!!). While I probably wasn’t massively overweight I was living a very unhealthy life. I then joined a gym about 5/6 years ago and got a gym program which included some weight exercises which I totally didn’t do because I too didn’t want to get “too big”, so instead I did about 2 hours of cardio a day (spinning, step aerobics, running) and began restricting calories to dangerously low level and only ate things that were labeled low fat, low carb, low cal etc. The excessive exercise and calorie restriction caused dramatic weightloss and the more people commented on how skinny I now looked the more this spurred me on to lose more! I also took diet pills which I purchased online and ended up getting very sick from them.
My weight plummeted to around 6.5 stone and I lost any muscle I had which left me looking weak and frail and almost childlike for a women of 24. I was in a very unhealthy place as I became obsessive and was borderline anorexic. I then stumbled across some fitness accounts of these super toned women who were lifting weights and I loved how they looked. I decided I wanted to try look like that so I start getting into weight training. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing at first but I stuck with it and grew my own curves and changed my whole body shape. I am now the healthiest, happiest and strongest both physically and mentally I have ever been. I now weight train 4-5 times per week and eat a wide variety of protein, fats and carbohydrates in order to fuel my training and life in general and if I want a treat I can have it without feeling guilty or punishing myself without hours of cardio because life is about balance!
Ok so physical changes from lifting weights might be a lot slower than that of cardio because progress is not measured by a number on the scale so patience and consistency is key but I can tell you now that if you stick with it the benefits will be worth it in the long run.
Auther: Lisa
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